Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Veteran actor and presenter Lieb Bester dead at 72 shortly after battling with Covid-19.

by Thinus Ferreira

The veteran actor Lieb Bester has died shortly after he battled Covid-19. He was 72.

The co-presenter of Met 'n Huppel in die Stap in kykNET (DStv 144) died on Wednesday morning in Pretoria.

Lieb Bester was hospitalised twice for Covid-19 and during his second hospitalisation on 3 July said that it "was a miracle" that he had survived. He was first hospitalised for Covid-19 on 24 June during which his kidneys were only functioning 27% but improved to 40%. He was discharged from hospital on 13 July and was recuperating at home.

Lieb Bester leaves behind his daughter Nicole.

Lieb Bester is known for roles in Afrikaans TV soaps like kykNET's Villa Rosa and Binnelanders and in drama series like Spoorloos, as well as in Arsenaal on SABC2. 

Other TV roles included appearances in Sterk Skemer, the presenter of the forensic crime show Kriminele Meesterbrein on kykNET, Ietermag├┤, Fluiters, Jackpot, Justice for All, Soldier Soldier of the BBC, Paradys, Opdrag, TJ 7, Phoenix en Kie, Sleurstroom, Die Avonture van Joachim Verwey, Grondbaronne, Agter Elke Man, Triptiek II, as well as Dis Koud Hier and the mini-series Saints, Sinners and Settlers.

In films Lieb Bester appeared in the shortfilms My Gelykenis (2019) and Stof (2003), Winnie MandelaStander, Panic Mechanic, Agter Elke Man, Savage Encounter, Een SkoenlapperDie Rebel, Liefste Madelein, Hank, Hennery & Vriend, Jakkalsdraai se Mense, Die Vierde Kabinet, If This be Treason, Joburg BluesMirage Eskader, Adam, The Making of the MahatmaSes Soldate, Skadu's van Gister and Seun van die Wildtemmer in 1973.

Lieb Bester could play piano, the organ, guitar, concertina and the accordion and was part of the group Take 3 with Jan Coetzer en Deon Heyneke. As a musician he's responsible for albums like Herinneringe (2019), Tranquilla, Met 'n Lieb in Jou Hart, Ou Kraalliedjies, Skoffel tot Dagbreek I en II and Fantasia.